Skoda has unveiled the Vision X Concept at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show. The concept car provides an insight into a future model that follows the successful launch of the Skoda Kodiaq and the Skoda Karoq. The Vision X will be a smaller SUV offered in the urban crossover segment.
The drive train of the Skoda Vision X is designed for sustainability and agility. It features a combustion engine combined with a belt-driven starter generator which powers the front axle and an electric motor on the rear axle.
The 1.5-litre G-TEC combustion engine with four cylinders and turbocharger has been specially developed for use with CNG. This system delivers a power output of 96 kW (130 PS) as well as maximum torque of 200 Nm. One CNG tank is placed under the rear seat while another one sits behind the rear axle.
The electric motor on the rear axle gets its energy from a 48-volt lithium-ion battery which is charged using brake energy recovery when braking and coasting. This motor develops a maximum torque of 70 Nm which is available immediately.
The Skoda Vision X Concept can use front-wheel, rear-wheel or all-wheel drive as and when necessary. The rear-wheel-drive transfers 1,000 Nm onto the road and, also thanks to an additional petrol reserve tank, the Vision X has a range of up to 650 kilometres. The power output of the two drive units allows the concept SUV to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 9.3 seconds and it has a top speed of 200 km/h.
In terms of look, the Vision X carries the DNA of Skoda’s SUV. It features the characteristic tornado line which runs from the headlights to the rear. The side windows taper towards the rear giving it a very dynamic look while the striking wheel arches give the SUV a very muscular appearance.
The Skoda Vision X is based on the Crystalline design language that we have seen on some of the latest offerings from the Czech based car maker. Inspired by the Kodiaq and Karoq, the Vision X also features split headlights.
The upper lighting unit features daytime running lamps (DRL) and sequential indicator lights. The lower part offers LED technology for the dipped and high beam. The rear triangular LED lights feature a new split design which together forms the ‘C’ shape which is typical for Skoda cars.
Inside, the Vision X concept features a very futuristic cabin. The interior is equipped with a variety of special features and materials which emphasise the versatile and sports-oriented nature of the Skoda Vision X. A sporty and active lifestyle is also reflected in the materials chosen for the seat surfaces, door trims, centre console and dashboard. The SUV is crafted in a mix of breathable fabrics, artificial leather and rubber surfaces.
A unique feature resides in the boot of the Skoda Vision X. It comes equipped with special anchoring systems for two electric skateboards. The SUV also comes with two helmets and a camera drone, which the skateboarders can use to record a video. In addition, removable protectors for the skateboarder’s neck and back area are built into the backrests of the driver and front passenger’s sport seats. Two sports bottles are also integrated into the centre console.
The Skoda Vision X also offers digital services such as Smart Parking which directs the driver to available parking spaces, HoppyGo which offers the car for rental when it is not needed, TwoGo that offers car sharing opportunities and CareDriver which ensures that children are picked up from nursery if their parent or guardian cannot make it on time. Also thanks to the Skoda Connect services, passengers in the Vision X will always be online.